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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 2, 2012 6:28am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

(if you like, I can also make posts about the survival status of live ABC sitcoms of the era. I kinda have a "thing" for both networks as they were "underdogs", and often were more creative than NBC or CBS, even if their budgets were non-existant)


The underfunded network known as DuMont had two examples of success with sitcoms: "Mary Kay and Johnny", the first US sitcom, debuted on the network and did well enough to move to CBS; "The Goldbergs" started on CBS, then moved to NBC, then moved to DuMont for a while, and finally to first-run syndication. DuMont made no changes to the format of "The Goldbergs", AND FOR THAT WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL! Why change something that is already great? It got 10 million viewers on DuMont, which was good by standards of the dying network. (when the show moved to first-run syndication, it had changes made that sorta spoiled the show) The upcoming demise of the network (and complete lack of money) is the reasons DuMont dropped the series in september 1954.

Surviving examples of DuMont sitcoms:
The Goldbergs - 22 episodes survive (1954, also aired 1949-1951 on CBS, 1952-1953 on NBC, and 1955-1956 in first-run syndication. 7 CBS episodes survive, along with 3 NBC episodes, and all of the syndication episodes)
The Growing Paynes - at least 1 episode survives, maybe as many as 4 or 5 (1948-1949)
Marge and Jeff- 27 episodes held by UCLA, with 3 more held by Paley. Sitcom was about a young newlywed couple living in New York City. Episodes were written by and starred Marge Greene. The series aired 5 nights a week, each 15-minute episode following "Captain Video", which had switched to a 15-minute format by that point. Despite the large number of extant episodes, this series is among the most obscure DuMont series for which anything exists. (1953-1954

DuMont sitcoms with no surviving episodes: "Mary Kay and Johnny" (no episodes survive of the CBS version either. A single episode survives of the NBC version), "The Laytons" (first sitcom to feature an African-American actor in a regular role, as Amanda Randolph played a maid on the series), "It's a Business" (March 1952 to May 1952, starring Bob Haymes, Leo De Lyon, and Dorothy Loudon), "Easy Aces" (yes, based on the radio series), and probably several others.

Some have classified "The Morey Amsterdam Show" as a sitcom. I disagree. But 71 episodes survive (despite what Wikipedia says), most of which are DuMont-era episodes.


Here's the episodes I've uploaded so far of the DuMont version of "The Goldbergs" (I might upload some super-rare 1949 CBS episodes if these uploads turn out OK and everyone agrees they are PD)
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-4May1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-11May1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-25May1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-1June1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-8June1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-15June1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-22June1954
http://archive.org/details/theGoldbergs-29June1954

Show seems a bit odd at first, but eventually becomes kinda addictive!

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: Jul 2, 2012 12:02pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

Your Highness,
I know of several readers besides myself who enjoy your posts. I have little to offer against your impressive knowledge. Although I witnessed many of the shows as they first appeared, my personal memories are of little value so I normally keep quiet.
Please continue with your enlightening posts. But if you ever want more stock footage of smokestacks or vast industrial areas, I’m your man.

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Poster: Quigs Date: Jul 2, 2012 10:58am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

I read them Matt.
Quigs

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Jul 2, 2012 8:22pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

Sir Matthew, I have read your posts all the way back to robin1990. I appreciate your research and am usually entertained with its delivery. Bravo.

Mike D.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 2, 2012 11:59pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

Hey Lum! Always nice to see your posts.

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Poster: FGlenF Date: Jul 2, 2012 7:33pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

All of us love classic TV and thank you for your uploads and comments please continue.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jul 2, 2012 9:21pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Survival status of DuMont sitcoms (does anyone read these posts of mine?)

Glad to know people read these comments....I put a lot of research into them.